Evening Kruska, I agree with you, something needs to be done one way or the other. I'll probably catch it for this but here goes; Just like Iraq, we went in, kicked -ss, and then stuck our hands in our pockets. Not enough troops in either country to keep the population under control after decades of Government abuse. Our Government decreased troop strength against Military advisement. I told my friend (referred to above) that it appeared to me that we needed to find the meanest "Local" son-of-a- _ itch, and put him in charge. Letting him know that ANY hint of transgressions outside their borders meant we'd be back and replace him as easily as we had his predecessor. All local Sheiks be advised also. Lay down a few ground rules; things like: You shall not beat your Women; Those poppy fields have to go; ALL children will be allowed to go to school; And the reminder; We Will Come Back! My Buddy was adamant that; progress was being made, (contrary to media reports); the People did want and welcomed us there; and the need to convince them they could, can and will have a Democratic country. Which they want but lack the self-esteem to believe after years of oppression.